Southern Cal

Trojans İ

Hawaii

Rainbow Warriors

Played December 2, 1978

at Aloha Stadium

Honolulu, Hawaii

  

Teams' Belt Records

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Southern Cal İ 4 18 3 1 .841 9 1 1 .864 7 2 0 .778 2 0 0 1.000
Hawaii 0                                

                         Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Southern Cal

7

0

0

14

21

Hawaii

3

0

2

0

5

The 3rd ranked, 10-1 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson closed the regular season with a trip to meet the 6-4 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors coached by Dick Tomey.  Playing without QB Paul McDonald who had an ankle injury, the Trojans overcame 14 penalties totaling 157 yards to claim a 21-5 victory over Hawaii behind the 152 yards rushing with a touchdown of All-American RB Charles White to retain The Belt.  The Rainbow Warriors took the lead in the 1st quarter after Southern Cal's RB Dwight Ford fumbled & Hawaii recovered at the Southern Cal 43-yard line.  When Rainbow Warriors' PK Peter Kim kicked a 27-yard field goal, Hawaii had a 3-0 lead.  The Trojans responded with an 8-play, 68-yard drive with White scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run.  Neither team managed to score in the 2nd quarter & the Trojans had a 7-3 halftime lead.  Hawaii got closer in the 3rd quarter when Southern Cal's All-Pac 10 P Marty King had a snap go through the end zone for a safety but the Rainbow Warriors still trailed 7-5 entering the 4th quarter.  The Trojans finally secured the win in the 4th quarter with a 2-yard touchdown pass from QB Rob Preston to TE Vic Rakhshani & a 16-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Southern Cal's LB Riki Gray.  Hawaii almost stunned the Trojans midway through the 4th quarter when RB David Toloumu threw a halfback throwback pass to QB Jeff Duva who was open in the end zone but the ball fell to the turf.  The penalties called against Southern Cal kept the game much closer than expected.  A personal foul call negated a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown by Trojans' S Ronnie Lott & a Southern Cal fumble recovery in the 4th quarter was overturned when an official said a fan wearing a USC button called him a derogatory name.  Preston finished with 154 yards passing with a touchdown as well as an interception.  For Hawaii, Duva threw for 161 yards with 2 interceptions in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Rainbow Warriors finished 6-5.  Hawaii would play for The Belt again in 1994.

Southern Cal Game Stats Hawaii Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Charles White 31 152 1 Jeff Duva 9 21 0
Marcus Allen 3 30 0 Gary Allen 12 18 0
Lynn Cain 7 28 0 Keith Hill 9 15 0
Dwight Ford 3 19 0 Charles Bell 2 9 0
Kevin Williams 1 8 0 Dwayne Jett 1 6 0
Rob Preston 5 -19 0 David Toloumu 4 6 0
        Park 1 1 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Rob Preston 21 13 1 154 1 Jeff Duva 30 13 2 161 0
            David Toloumu 2 0 0 0 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Calvin Sweeney 2 53 0 Jeff Cabral 3 41 0
Ray Butler 2 31 0 Walt Little 2 38 0
Charles White 5 29 0 Wayne Black 2 32 0
Lynn Cain 1 26 0 Dwayne Jett 1 16 0
James Hunter 1 7 0 David Barbour 1 13 0
Dwight Ford 1 6 0 Park 2 12 0
Vic Rakhshani 1 2 1 Charles Bell 1 9 0
        Keith Hill 1 0 0

 

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